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2009 Orin Swift US Red Blend "The Prisoner"

Winery: Orin Swift

Vintage: 2009

Wine Name/Vineyard: "The Prisoner"

Wine Category: US Red Blend

Grape blend: 51% Zinfandel, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Syrah, 7% Petite Sirah, 3% Charbono, 1% Grenache, & 1% Malbec

Region: Napa Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $35

Cases produced: 70,000

KWG Score: 89.5 (based on 2 reviews)

Average Virtual Score: 95 (based on 1 review)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (91)

Review date: March 13, 2011

Wine Review: This dark purple colored Zin based blend opens with a mild blackberry, earthy, and smoky oak bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced, and savory. The flavor profile is a tasty black raspberry and plum blend with notes of black pepper and hint of cherry vanilla. The finish is dry and its building gentle dusty tannins are a little sticky. The panel suggested pairing this blend with garlic pork roast, venison or buffalo burgers. Enjoy - KWGTP

Winemaker Notes: The 2009 marks the first vintage bottled by The Prisoner's new owner, Huneeus Vintners. It has a deep ruby hue that is nearly opaque. The aromas elevate from the glass starting with black currant, dark blackberry, cherry, and cassis rounded out by subtle hints of seasoned French and American oak. The entry of the wine is massive and leads into a lush middle framed by bright acid and supple tannins. The finish is long, lingering and filled with soft velvety tannins lasting for nearly thirty seconds.

Organic status: not organic

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